Yes, this is a bonus blog post. When inspiration strikes, you gotta go for it.
I was on Facebook this morning, like I am every morning, and in the middle of my scroll, I see a friend had posted a poll about what to do on a snow day. I know it finally started snowing over on the east coast and it took me back to those winter days when I was in school.
The moment you see the first flake of snow drop you begin to get excited. You start listening to the radio or watching the television news reports. You do not care at all about what’s going on in the world, your state or even sports at that moment…all you care about is the weather report. How much snow is going to fall? Is it going to stick? Are we going to have the day off of school?
If it’s nighttime, you are disappointed enough snow hasn’t fallen and you go to sleep dreaming of a day off. If it’s morning, you stare at the bottom of the t.v. screen watching for your school district to flash by. If the district pops up at opening 2 hours late, we cheer a little bit. 2 hours late means shortened classes, so maybe if you have a test that day, it will get postponed until tomorrow so you could actually study a little bit more…if you had studied at all.
Now you are lingering over the breakfast table waiting…waiting for it to snow harder and faster, hoping it does. And all of a sudden, over the radio in the kitchen, you hear it, the words you’ve been praying for since you saw the first flake…schools are now closed for the day!! YES!!!!!
In my house, there was no going back to sleep; you went outside to play. Out came the gloves, hats, scarves, boots and when I was 7, an actual red snowsuit. Yes, my mother made me wear one of those hideous one-piece things to protect me from the cold. I looked like Randy from “A Christmas Story”. I probably even whined about not being able to put my arms down. But it didn’t matter, we had fun.
It’s always fun to go out and play in the winter when it snows but having a snow day made it special…it was unexpected and that’s what made it magical. When schools went virtual, I was afraid that would be the end of the snow day. I was worried when the time came, they would get an email that classes would be on zoom and not to be late. I am glad I was wrong.
Always make sure to enjoy an unexpected day off of work. Treat it like you would when you were a kid. Don’t do work at home, don’t plan a budget, don’t take business calls if you don’t have to…go out, have fun and enjoy the magic.
***Question for the comments…As a kid, how did you enjoy a surprise day off? Were you outside playing or inside hanging out? How do you enjoy a surprise day off now?
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